UBC's work in Positive Organizational Scholarship highlighted in Harvard Business Review


Vancouver - Research being conducted at the Sauder School of Business has garnered recognition in the Harvard Business Review as UBC is highlighted as a major contributor to the study of Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS).

This field of study focuses on workplaces behaviour, in particular on positive outcomes, processes and characteristics of organizations and their members.

POS focuses on workplace dynamics such as compassion, thriving, resilience, and virtuousness. The path toward creating and sustaining positive organizations includes an understanding of what blocks or undermines positive workplace experiences.

UBC's research contributions to POS include the study of compassion at work and the study of key negative aspects of working life - such as managerial abuse, distrust, low to morale, burnout, office politics, and organizational justice. In addition to identifying issues that may prohibit organizational growth and success, POS research at UBC is also providing managers with tools they can use to develop more positive work atmospheres, and build foundations for true organizational success. Faculty from the Sauder School of Business conducting research in this field include:

Peter Frost - Compassionate leadership, and Toxic emotions in the workplace
Sally Maitlis - Workplace compassion, and Toxic decision making
Sandra Robinson - Trust and betrayal in the workplace
Dan Skarlicki - Organizational justice, and perceptions of what is fair in the workplace
Hakan Ozcelik (PhD Student) - How emotional fit affects employees' psychological and behavioral engagement at work
For more information on Positive Organizational Scholarship, read the February edition of the Harvard Business Review or visit the following websites: